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Posted by on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:55

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Big Blue LIVE

Posted by on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:50


Big Blue Live is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. Set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the bay has experienced an environmental rebirth. This wildlife success story attracts humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and much more for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

A presentation of PBS and the BBC, Big Blue Live will bring together scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists, and other experts over the course of three spectacular nights. The program will be anchored live from a hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality shows” delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and below the waves.

Big Blue Live airs live on television and online over three nights, August 31-September 2, at 8-9pm ET, with another live feed to the West Coast at 8-9pm PT.

Episode 1
Follow migrating whales, sharks and various birds as they join sea otters, sea lions and other species that live full-time in Monterey Bay. Watch reports from Monterey Aquarium and NOAA research vessels and get facts about humpback whale anatomy.

Episode 2
Dive into the hidden world of Monterey’s sea lions and hear about...

Cardia Series on YouTube

Posted by on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:41

All 8 of our newest episodes of Cardia: Hearts and Sciences and In Any Given Week with host Mark McDonald are now available on YouTube. Visit our page here:

Episodes can be purchased for $19.95 by calling 217-483-7887.

Staff Member Kayla Graven Named to SBJ's 40 Under 40

Posted by on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:39

Congratulations to Kayla Graven, our Coordinator of Membership & Community Engagement, for being one of the 40 Under 40 named in the Springfield Business Journal! Very much deserved.

Send her a note of congratulations by emailing her at

Illinois Stories: LIVE

Posted by on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:42

Join Host Mark McDonald on Thursday, June 11th from 6:30-10 p.m. as he hosts a live edition of The Best of Illinois Stories. You can call 217-483-7887 to pledge your support for this program during that time!

On the Road With Illinois Stories Bus Trip

Posted by on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:16

Network Knowledge/WQEC/PBS Quincy is scheduling the next On the Road With Illinois Stories Bus Trip from Quincy. The bus will depart from the CVS Pharmacy at 436 N. 30th at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, and return around 5:00 p.m. Please park in the southwest corner of the parking lot.

The bus trip will include stops at the following:

* Four Winds Farm (an organic herb and vegetable farm where we will get a presentation on growing and cooking/using herbs);
* Old Tymers Village and the Lewis Round Barn at the Adams County Fairgrounds;
* Brickman’s Collectors Paradise in Ursa;
* M&M Shrimp Shack, where we will tour the state’s newest shrimp farming operation.
* The Quincy-Adams County History Museum, which has just opened to the public at its new location.
* Arrive back in Quincy at CVS around 5:00 p.m.

The cost is $60.00 per person. This includes all admissions, tours and lunch. Past bus trips have sold out quickly, so you might want to send in your reservation as soon as possible. Please call MJ at 800/232-3605, ext. 222 to make your reservation with a credit card, or mail your check and information to: On the Road With Illinois Stories Bus Trip, Attn: MJ Bates, PO Box 6248, Springfield, IL 62708.

We will be shooting an Illinois Stories on the trip that will be aired on Network Knowledge, and copies will be available for purchase.

Mark McDonald on WTAX

Posted by on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 14:42

Be sure to tune in to WTAX radio on Tuesday, May 5th at 6:40 a.m. to hear him talk about the quickly approaching 1000th episode with Joey McLaughlin.

New Program: Cardia Hearts and Sciences

Posted by on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:05

In this new portion of our Cardia program, we sit down with heart health experts in studio for a Q&A session.

Episode 1: Our Guest is Dr. Jeff Christie, Cardiothoracic Surgeon. We have a seat in the Operating Room as he performs cardiac bypass surgery and treats the patient's arrhythmia.

Episode 2: Our guest is Dr. Kriegh Moulton, cardiologist. We are in the catheterization lab with him as he implants a pacemaker and defibrillator.

Episode 3: Our guest is Dr. Jeff Goldstein, cardiologist, and our topic is Peripheral Vascular Disease, which usually presents with leg pain. This leg pain is caused by the same issues that cause heart disease.

Episode 4: Our guest is Dr. Nilesh Goswami, cardiologist, who treats patients who have structural heart problems.

Fri 05/01/2015 20:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #101
Sun 05/03/2015 18:00 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #101
Sun 05/03/2015 22:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #101
Thu 05/07/2015 19:00 CARDIA: IN ANY GIVEN WEEK #104
Fri 05/08/2015 20:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #102
Sun 05/10/2015 16:00 CARDIA: IN ANY GIVEN WEEK #104
Sun 05/10/2015 18:00 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #102
Sun 05/10/2015 22:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #102
Mon 05/11/2015 18:30 CARDIA: IN ANY GIVEN WEEK #104
Fri 05/15/2015 20:30 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #103
Sun 05/17/2015 18:00 CARDIA: HEARTS AND SCIENCES #103

Seeking Questions for In-Studio Filming of Cardia

Posted by on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:03

We are accepting questions from viewers for our live, in-studio taping of Cardia: In Any Given Week on Monday, April 13, 2015. What do you want to know more about? We need your questions by noon on Monday.

Guests include Dr. Greg Mishkel, Cardiologist, Dr. Jeff Christie, heart surgeon, and Dr. Kreigh Moulton, electrophysiologist (pacemakers and other electrical-heart related issues).

Email your questions to

WSEC to Televise the 8th Annual Defenders of Innocence

Posted by on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:46

A woman attacked as a college student and the man she accused (and helped mistakenly convict of the crime) now make appearances together across the county speaking against injustice and for atonement and eyewitness-identification-procedure reform.

Jennifer Thompson, who was assaulted as a 22-year-old Elon College student in 1984, and Ronald Cotton, who spent 11 years in prison for the crime until DNA evidence cleared him, will be special guests at the 8th Annual Defenders of the Innocent event to benefit the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield on April 8. It is the Innocence Project’s major fundraiser.

Read more on the event that WSEC will be televising in the full SJ-R artcile by Chris Dettro:


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